Will & Grace

Season 8 Episode 17

Cowboys and Iranians

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 23, 2006 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity Goof: Will says in this episode that he doesn't like cowboys and doesn't find them sexy. However, in the Season 1 episode, "Will on Ice", Will expresses how he wants to have a "Real Cowboy" for his next birthday and Grace expresses how he has Cowboy magazines.

    • This is the first episode that Beverley Leslie has appeared in scenes without Karen.

    • When Pam says it's better to pray from an east facing wall she referes to the Jewish way of praying, facing Jerusalem, which in America means east.

  • Quotes

    • Grace: I'm sorry, I got no sleep last night. I have three apartments to do by the end of the month... I think I'm going to have to hire another assistant for a while. And Karen's got her hands full carving penises into her desk and getting her real estate license online.

    • Beverley: William, what a surprise. I'm just having a drink here with my business associate, Benji.
      Will: The only surprise is that you're still trying to pass off Benji as your business associate in a middle of a gay bar.
      Beverley: This is a gay bar?! Why, I had no idea! I'm-a half a mind to storm out of here right this minute, but my other half wants to stay and finish my refreshing Lemon Drop.

    • Beverley: Well, well, well...if it isn't Karen Walker's friend. Where is your olive-skinned cohort? Don't you homosexuals always travel in pairs?

    • Jack: Wow. We were in a gay bar fight.
      Will: I know. And, oddly, not a single punch was thrown.

    • Jack: Look at me. I'm glowing.
      Will: Congratulations, Jack. Are you gonna find out the gender or do you want to be surprised?
      Jack: I'm not pregnant, I'm in love.
      Grace: Oh Jack, that's great. Are you gonna find out the gender or you want to be surprised?

    • Jack: (to Beverley & Benji) Well look how cute you two are... the black stallion and my little pony.

    • Will: Wow, a gay Western bar. Where's the mechanical bulldyke?
      Jack: Over there. And no man has ever stayed on her.

    • Grace Adler: Sometimes I wish I was a Republican, then I wouldn't have to care about anyone's feelings. The only thing I'd have to worry about is being indicted.

    • Leslie: (After witnessing Will and Travis shove each other.) Gay bar fight. (Ringing triangle bell.)

    • Grace: The fact is, I'm tolerant and you're, well, maybe a little bit racist.
      Karen: How dare you call me a racist. A homophobe? Maybe. Distrustful of Spaniards? Who isn't? But nobody calls me a racist--and you can ask anyone I own.

    • Karen: (As the phone is ringing) Hey, Princess Jasmine. Show time.

    • Karen: (Speaking to blond interviewee after looking through her purse) Condoms, but no breath mints. I like a gal that cuts to the chase.

  • Notes

    • Will & Grace earned a 7.2/11 in the overnights, 8.84 million viewers and a 3.4/10 among adults 18-49 for this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Episode title: Cowboys and Iranians

      An obvious reference to the kids' game "Cowboys & Indians."

    • Grace: (hesitantly singing off-key) Bye-bye, Miss Iranian Pie. Drove my... Oxcart to the levee, but the levee was dry...

      This is a refence to the Don McClean song, "American Pie."

    • Karen: (As the phone is ringing) Hey, Princess Jasmine. Show time.

      This is a reference to Princess Jasmine from the Walt Disney film Aladdin.

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